Knock Knock - Bookology Magazine Children's Literature Sun, 24 May 2020 12:40:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 69996714 Playing Your Troubles Away Tue, 28 Apr 2020 12:00:24 +0000

“Fantasy and feeling lie deeper than words…
and both demand a more profound, more biological expression,
the primitive expression of music.”
(Maurice Sendak in “The Shape of Music”) Tied up in knots—nots—er—words? Are sentences slithering past you and paragraphs parachuting from your brain? If so, maybe it’s time to step away from the writing task, or any chore that has you flummoxed, and give yourself a break, isn’t it?… more ]]> 0 21715
Modern-Day Treasure Hunting Thu, 26 Dec 2019 13:00:40 +0000

Why was I crawling through a frozen sewer pipe on my hands and knees in the middle of winter? I was geocaching, my latest obsession. If you haven’t heard of geocaching, it’s a worldwide treasure hunt using GPS to locate hidden containers called geocaches. There are literally millions of geocaches hidden around the globe. When I first started playing, I was delighted to discover that there were several within walking distance of my townhome.… more ]]> 4 20705
Try Something New, Have a Blast! Tue, 24 Sep 2019 16:29:23 +0000

A few months ago my daughter, Aliza, came over after an evening out with her work friends. Aliza told us she and her friends had gone to the Minneapolis Bouldering Project or MBP, an indoor climbing gym where people climb “circuits” of up to 17 feet high without ropes or harnesses. She was so excited about it—they’d had a blast!… more ]]> 7 19980
Books Are Our Emissaries Thu, 28 Feb 2019 12:27:40 +0000

As authors, we send our books out into the world and, if we’re lucky, they connect us to good people whose paths we wouldn’t otherwise cross. For 28 years, Dinner at the Panda Palace has been my excellent emissary.  Dinner at the Panda Palace started as a simple counting and sorting book with lots of animals and a party atmosphere to make the learning fun. … more ]]> 0 19039
Bridging the Gap Between My Writing and Reading Selves: an Author’s Experience of Recording an Audiobook Wed, 30 Jan 2019 13:00:18 +0000

“The woman who read Climbing the Stairs aloud did a great job,” my friend said. She was telling me, with delight, how her children and their friends—two girls and two boys—listened with rapt attention to the audio book version of my debut novel, refusing to get out of the car when the trip ended but the story hadn’t yet.… more ]]> 2 18072